Elementary Education: On Campus Plan

Video from Dr. Stepenosky Outlining On Campus Plan

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that students and staff benefit from a regular schedule and normalcy.  

  • The AAP and other health and education professionals suggest a best practice of cohorting students. In the cohort model, students stay with their class for their duration of time they are on campus. They enter and exit at designated times, play only with their classmates in designated spaces, eat with their classmates only, and use play equipment that is assigned to each respective class. These practices minimize risk.  

  • Our goal is to have elementary students back full time, for full-day instruction in our cohorted model. We will evaluate the current models with our intent to reopen on a regular basis, considering the criteria provided by local and state officials.

  • The current state of public health and the spike of the virus in our community requires us to open with additional safety measures in place beyond cohorting classes. To maximize distance and further minimize contacts while students and staff learn the new procedures, we will be splitting all classes into morning and afternoon cohorts to start the year. To be specific, half of a teacher’s class will come in the morning, half in the afternoon. 

  • Grab-and-Go lunches will be available at the midday break as students leave or enter campus. The off campus times will require students to learn independently. 

  • During the middle of the day, there will be a 90-minute block for cleaning, disinfecting, duty-free lunch, verification of student distance learning assignments, and collaboration or professional development to support our ongoing learning efforts.

  • We hope our split-day model is temporary so that we can have cohorted students on campus full time early in the fall. This will depend on community health statistics, and the feedback of our staff and teachers.

  • Students will be on campus for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.  Specific schedules will be shared by principals prior to the start of the school year. 


Las Virgenes Unified School District

4111 Las Virgenes Road

Calabasas, CA 91302